June 7, 2009

Seats to increase at undergraduate level

KOLKATA, 5th June: Undergraduate aspirants can breathe easy as the state higher education department has finally realised that there is a dearth of seats and these need to be increased immediately considering the whopping 82 % success rate in the HS exam.
State higher education minister Sudarshan Roychaudhuri had said on Wednesday that his department had urged the Higher Education Council to request universities across West Bengal to increase seats in select colleges by 10% provided they have adequate infrastructure.
The Council, on Thursday agreed to abide by this directive. "We estimate an increase of 30 seats in each of these courses, which means 9,000 students will be benefitted. The decision to introduce a particular course in a college depends on the demand and also the number of students in the area," said Roychaudhury. Asked about the delay in beginning counselling for WBJEE qualifiers, Roychaudhuri said, "I have repeatedly requested the Ministry of Human Resources. But AICTE will only publish their list on June 30. What if we find that they have sanctioned some new private colleges? It will lead to chaos. Hence, we have no way but to start the counselling only after June 30."
It is feared that the delay might result in many students opting for colleges outside the state. A meeting of vice chancellors has been convened by the Higher Education Council on Thursday in which the details will be discussed. "We have requested the council to ask universities and colleges to deal sympathetically with students from villages hit by cyclone Aila in South and North 24-Parganas as far as the last date for submission of applications is concerned," clarified the minister.
Combining all colleges and universities in the state, there are 3,88,300 seats available which still means a deficit of 4340 seats. This year, 3,92,640 students have passed their class XII board examinations from the state.

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